Las Vegas: Denny Hamlin preview

Gardiner, Me. - Denny Hamlin will attempt to make his first career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Las Vegas 350, and he has one goal in mind once the green flag drops: he wants to return to the ...

Gardiner, Me. - Denny Hamlin will attempt to make his first career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Las Vegas 350, and he has one goal in mind once the green flag drops: he wants to return to the top-10. Hamlin, under a developmental contract with Joe Gibbs Racing in partnership with Team EJP Racing, made his series debut in the No. 03 E.J. Prescott Chevrolet at Indianapolis in August and drove to a solid 10th-place finish, whetting his appetite for more of the same as the season continues.

"The Team EJP guys have given me a really good truck everywhere we have been so far," Hamlin said. "We had a really good run at IRP. We had some brake problems right after the start at Richmond and that slowed us down a little there, but we finished 16th and we were pretty happy with it. Last weekend at Loudon I would say we had one of the top-5 trucks there in the race. We ran in the top-5 for a long time and ran away from the guys behind us and chased down the leaders. Our fuel strategy was going to give us a really good finish if we didn't have those late cautions; the guys in front of us were dropping like flies the last couple of laps under green."

Hamlin will be making his first ever start at LVMS, and his first ever start on a track larger than one-mile in length.

"I am really looking forward to it," Hamlin said. "Before we went to Loudon, I had never been to a track a mile long, and now just a week later we're going to a mile and a half. It should be fun. I like to go fast, and you carry a lot of speed at Vegas. The Team EJP guys have always run well on the mile and a half tracks, and almost pulled off a top-5 finish at Kansas last year. We'll get together with the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing and go through the notes and come up with a competitive setup that should get us in the hunt. If I can pick up on the line and figure out the draft on these trucks, I think we can give them all a run for the money."

Hamlin and the Team EJP Racing No. 03 E.J. Prescott Chevrolet will take the green flag in the Las Vegas 350 just after 10 P.M. Eastern on Saturday evening. The race is scheduled for live telecast on Speed Channel, and can he heard live on select affiliates of the Motor Racing Network. The race can also be heard live on NASCAR Radio 144 on XM Satellite Radio.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Denny Hamlin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing